Book Review: The Last Emperox by John Scalzi (two star)

Book Review: The Last Emperox (Interdependency #3) by John Scalzi (two star)

“This is our time.”

Disappointing. This book begins with a bang and is one accelerating train wreck. Pulp, porn, and profanity. Two stars was a gift.

“Assassination was not a tool I preferred to use. That said, there may have been times when I wished that someone would rid me of a turbulent priest.” “You had priests killed?”

Somewhere in here is a good story and a satisfying conclusion to his Interdependency series, but normally I would have quit after the first fifty pages. I wouldn’t have finished the Prologue, but continued because it was nominated for a Hugo Award and I wanted to give a fair appraisal.

“The end of civilization is going to be good for business.”

Quibbles: lots, but the biggest is the premise that there is only one inhabitable planet left in the galaxy. Many planets might not allow humans to walk free, but still support survival in domes or orbiting habitats. Not to mention organic and mineral wealth.

“If you could see it coming, why couldn’t you avoid it?” “Because some choices you make, you can’t come back from,”

Scalzi may be a one-man argument against multi-book contracts. Most of his recent output has been trash. This book continues the downward trend. I used to anticipate his next book. Once I drove out-of-state to his book signing. Now, I won’t buy another.

“I agree people are the problem.” “How do we solve it, then?” “I don’t know. Maybe make them live longer so they have to deal with the consequences of their actions.” “You’re an optimist.” “Apparently.”

Scalzi can write better; he’s demonstrated it. That he consistently doesn’t raises the question why. Only he can answer that. But continuing sales and awards will not encourage introspection.

“These are the times we live in.” “We make the times we live in.”

(2021 Hugo Award novel finalist)

2 thoughts on “Book Review: The Last Emperox by John Scalzi (two star)

  1. Wonder how this decline happened? Running out of ideas, not bothering to write well, distraction?

    • In hid acknowledgements Scalzi admitted having rushed this one, but some of it is his choice to dumb down his characterizations.

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